There were plans to show how I made this book with step by step photos.
But I became so involved with making the book, I forgot to take pictures along the way.
And then things happened like sewing in a couple of signatures upside down and having to take the entire book apart.
I have been saving the small scrap of leather used on the binding of the book. It is a thick rustic piece of leather.
What I hadn't anticipated was how hard it would be to push a needle through the leather even with the pre-drilled holes. And then again the sewing of signatures ordeal. I ended up sewing the nine signatures on a thin piece of leather and then sewing just three of them to the thick leather.
back of book
I used an older thrift store picture for the front and back covers, the kind of picture that is printed on chipboard. The chipboard was then roughly cut down to size.
Closed with leather ties
open - I love an exploding book or journal that is packed with stuff
and below are a couple of my favorite pages
one of the few "before" pictures
I love this old mail order sample of a fabric swatch
and how I used it in this book
a couple more pages
and this page has a thin piece of tree bark found on a walk with Ralph the Dog
The soft creamy tones of the bark is so gorgeous and was perfect for this book of junk and found stuff.
More photos to follow.
Thanks to everyone who wrote requesting this book to be an on-line class. Most of the techniques I used are ones that have already taught in classes. Also, there was quite a bit of unsafe usage of power tools and sharp blades, not to mention the cussing that ensued to get this book finished.